394 HISTORY OF PERSIA CHAP.
ment from Teheran of a general to command the Pars
army, he rebelled. He was joined by Mohamed Vali
Khan5 and the Shah was at the same time further
weakened by the revolt of Sulayman Khan Kajar, the
Governor of Azerbaijan, who hoped to gain the throne
by attacking whichever of the two brothers emerged as
victor from the impending struggle. But the brothers
came to terms, owing to the intervention of their mother,
and Sulayman Khan, seeing his hopes disappear, took
sanctuary in the royal stable at Teheran. With remark-
able generosity the Shah not only pardoned him, but
reappointed him Governor of Azerbaijan.
The last important pretender was Nadir Mirzay who
on hearing of the death of Aga Mohamed had returned
to Khorasan from Afghanistan and taken possession of
Meshed. The Shah marched into Khorasan to assert
his authority. Nishapur shut its gates and was stormed,
and Turbat-i-Haydari also was taken. Upon the arrival
of the Persian army before Meshed, Nadir Mirza
submitted and was pardoned.